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For those who are planning to visit Britain this Christmas season and for those who put their travel plans on hold for a little longer, we rounded-up a fantastic selection of sustainable gifts, over the top experiences, iconic presents and experiences supporting black-owned businesses across our cities to bring the taste of Britain right to you and your loved ones this year (available in or shipped to Australia) or to inspire a future trip very soon.
Bring a touch of luxury to every room with Collingwood Candles (from $70). Hand-poured and made sustainably in England using high-quality and eco-friendly waxes mixed with the most sumptuous scents, create ‘the essence of English elegance and style…and evoke woods and gardens to streams and the sea’.
Padfield, committed to crafting from start-to-finish in Britain, proudly celebrates British craftmanship and timeless design by working with local suppliers to create beautiful leather bags and accessories (from $160). Make it personal this Christmas by adding a complementary monogram to your gift. For every bag purchased Padfield will plant a tree in a UK forest!
Born from a passion for travel T London scents (from $50) are bottled memories that will leave you and your loved ones feeling recharged and ready for the next adventure. The earth-friendly blends are made of pure, high-quality ingredients to created vegan formulas, and sold in packaging made of recycled single-used plastic.
Know a whisky lover? Get your gift inspiration from Glengoyne’s Collection (from $80, available at select Australian liquor stockists) packed with bold and complex flavours, the brazil nuts and soft oak of the 10 Year Old and the distinctive Christmas cake character of the 21 Year Old or have their Scottish Distillery Ambassadors take you through nosing, swirling and tasting from the comfort of your own place with the online tasting experience. The Glengoyne Collection comes in 100% recyclable and locally sourced packaging. The distillery is also an exclusive partner to the Wildflow and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and helps to promote the ways that wetlands can be at the centre of environmental policy.
Salt is the spice of life, so they say, and the Halen Mon Sea Salt (from $8.50), made on the island of Anglesey, delivers an intently salty crunch to anything it is added to. The original Pure Sea Salt, which comes in an eco-friendly re-sealable pouch, tastes of the cleanest oceans and can make even the simples foods taste incredible. Halen Mon combines traditional hand harvesting with brand new technology to produce the crunchy white flakes and each pack of their salt is marked with the harvest date and the salt maker’s initials!
Experience the world from the sky, feel the serenity and inhale the panoramic views of the British landscape with Bailey Balloons (from £120). Located in Bristol, Bailey Balloons pride themselves in providing a customized experience with truly breath-taking views.
Know someone who’s idea for a perfect trip smells of woodsmoke and tastes of s’mores? Send them to a treetop bathtub, a riverside lodge or a cabin deep in the woods with a Canopy & Stars gift card (which can be purchased for any amount) for their next adventure here in Britain.
Treat your special someone to a whole year of unforgettable adventures with a National Trust membership (£10-120), whether they love exploring historic castles, cycling through the countryside or walking along the cost, the National Trust is a gift that keeps on giving and also helps to take care of these amazing places for everyone.
Based in Nottinghamshire, The Oxford Liqueur Company is home to deliciously smooth and fruity liqueurs (from $25), which are all handmade, using the traditional methods of steeping and infusing the whole fruit to achieve an intense depth of flavour. Their Christmas Liqueur is a warming seasonal spirit enhanced with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. And to make the occasion even more special all bottles can be personalised with a handwritten message!
If you are gifting a foodie, let them enjoy all the classic British favourites with Fortnum & Mason. Ensuring they have the sweetest holiday season, the selection available includes their world-famous biscuits, cakes, chocolates, jars of lemon curd and jams, and, of course, tea, all wrapped in a beautiful signature packaging.
Liberty is your one-stop shop for all things classic and traditional, from tabletop-worthy entertainment for the whole family, to beautifully crafted ready-to-be-loaded with gifts stockings, to fabulous Christmas decorations and advent calendars (from $30).
Bring the iconic Soho House vibe home with gifts from SohoHome.com, including their signature striped pool towels (from $40) used in all Soho Houses or explore the sleepwear and textile gift edit for textured throws, silk pyjamas, eye masks and monogramed robes or try the wellness section for a truly indulging moment with toiletries and bespoke Soho boxes. E-gift cards are also available for purchase.
South London rooted jewellery and accessory brand Image Gang is your go-to place for nostalgic jewels and gold. The pieces hold a strong symbolism of girl power, togetherness and overall sense of youthfulness, with the prices starting from as little as $30.
Show appreciation to rap, pop, rock and cultural icons from the 80s, 90s, 00s and today with t-shirts from Homage Tees (from $60). Vintage and throwback inspired t-shirts with faces of British icons like Louis Theroux, Princess Di and David Attenborough.
Bukky Baldwin makes hand-made, classic garments to love forever, while focusing on the importance of community and providing employment opportunities for marginalised groups. This Manchester-based label creates one of a kind clothing and homeware goods, accessories, prints and cards (from $25).
Shop wall-art and prints (from $40, limited edition pieces are available for worldwide shipping), from artist Boogie Moli, ex-Liverpool FC player, who uses different mediums, such as wheat paste, acrylics paint and spray paint to create each unique piece.